Moth Fairy in Watercolor

Moth Fairy in Watercolor

My daughter and I have an ongoing disagreement over this painting. My intent was to paint a male fairy since all of the fairies I’ve painted thus far have been female, but she insists that this fairy looks like a girl, too, because of its long locks and the way it’s sitting on the daisy. I disagree. I think it clearly looks like a boy. What are your thoughts–boy or girl?

This painting is based on a tutorial in Linda Ravenscroft’s book, “The Fairy Artist’s Figure Drawing Bible.”

19 Comments on Moth Fairy in Watercolor

  1. suzanne
    January 13, 2014 at 6:24 pm (3 years ago)

    My first thought was girl, not very feminine but a girl but honestly I only think of fairies as being female, never male so my judgement may be a bit clouded.

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    • afternoonartist
      January 18, 2014 at 3:10 pm (3 years ago)

      My Facebook friends said girl, too..

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  2. NW Frame of Mind
    January 13, 2014 at 7:38 pm (3 years ago)

    Hmm I think I have to say female too. The features could be male but the pose makes me think feminine. Of course I’ve never seen a fairy so who am I to say what they really look like. :) It’s a beautiful painting.

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    • afternoonartist
      January 18, 2014 at 3:12 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks so much. Obviously, I need to get in touch with my more masculine side, LOL!

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  3. Greta
    January 13, 2014 at 8:45 pm (3 years ago)

    Do you think that I would be brave enough to side with either my daughter or grandaughter? I’m not fool-hardy! I will commit to the colors being more masculine, but the fairy-?-?-?-ah-h-h-let’s say non gender. Which ever, nice painting. Love the colors you chose.

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    • afternoonartist
      January 18, 2014 at 3:13 pm (3 years ago)

      Hey, shouldn’t you side with your daughter….

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  4. Pat
    January 13, 2014 at 9:07 pm (3 years ago)

    My first thought was, “How cute she is!”

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    • afternoonartist
      January 18, 2014 at 3:14 pm (3 years ago)

      Ok, so obviously I lost the male/female fairy bet with my daughter. Good thing I didn’t put any money on the table!

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  5. Cindy D.
    January 13, 2014 at 11:02 pm (3 years ago)

    Adorable! The little pose is terrific. If it were a human, it looks somewhat more girlish. But as we know, the fairy folk tend toward the feminine (I’m talking about you, Legolas). So, if you tell me it’s a boy I can see it. :)

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    • afternoonartist
      January 18, 2014 at 3:17 pm (3 years ago)

      I guess that’s a half vote for a boy fairy. LOL!

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  6. elenacaravela
    January 16, 2014 at 1:50 pm (3 years ago)

    I like the gender neutral option. How much do we really know about the fey anyway;) No matter boy or girl, this is beautifully realized.

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    • afternoonartist
      January 18, 2014 at 3:17 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks, Elena. Gender neutral it is, then….

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  7. greenlightlady
    January 21, 2014 at 8:32 pm (3 years ago)

    Either way it is lovely. I thought “girl” too.

    Blessings ~ Wendy

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    • afternoonartist
      January 22, 2014 at 6:32 am (3 years ago)

      Thanks, Wendy. My daughter definitely won the bet.

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    • afternoonartist
      January 30, 2014 at 2:53 am (3 years ago)

      Thanks, Jennifer. I had fun painting him.

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  8. Mark Armstrong
    January 27, 2014 at 2:33 am (3 years ago)

    Too close to call– other than to say it’s a beautiful illustration! : )

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    • afternoonartist
      January 30, 2014 at 2:56 am (3 years ago)

      Thank you, Mark. So there we have it–it’s an androgynous garden fairy. LOL!

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  9. Cheryl McNulty
    February 10, 2014 at 6:41 pm (3 years ago)

    Gives me a peaceful feeling…:) Nice!

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